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180x250 Lisa Kahn

  Lisa B. Kahn is a research associate in the NBER's Labor Studies Program. She is a professor of economics at the University of Rochester and a co-editor at the Journal of Human Resources. 

    Kahn's research focuses on understanding factors that shape workers' careers, including both external market forces such as recessions and technological change, and internal firm practices, especially those related to imperfect information. She received her Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University in 2008, and holds an A.B. in economics from the University of Chicago. She was previously an associate professor of economics at Yale School of Management. From 2010 to 2011, Kahn served on President Obama's Council of Economic Advisers as the senior economist for labor and education policy.

    She grew up in Ithaca, N.Y., and currently lives in Rochester, N.Y., with her husband and their newborn daughter.


1. D. Acemoglu and D. Autor, "Skills, Tasks and Technologies: Implications for Employment and Earnings," NBER Working Paper No. 16082, June 2010, and Handbook of Labor Economics, 4(B), 2011, pp. 1043–171. Go to ⤴︎
2. J. Schumpeter, Business Cycles, New York and London: McGraw-Hill, 1939. Go to ⤴︎
3. N. Jaimovich and H. Siu, "Job Polarization and Jobless Recovery," NBER Working Paper No. 18334, November 2018, and forthcoming The Review of Economics and Statistics. Go to ⤴︎
4. B. Hershbein and L. Kahn, "Do Recessions Accelerate Routine-Biased Technological Change? Evidence from Vacancy Postings," NBER Working Paper No. 22762, September 2017, and The American Economic Review, 108(7), 2018, pp. 1737–72. Go to ⤴︎
5. D. Deming and L. Kahn, "Skill Requirements across Firms and Labor Markets: Evidence from Job Postings for Professionals," NBER Working Paper No. 23328, May 2017, and Journal of Labor Economics, 36(S1), 2018, pp. S337–69. Go to ⤴︎
6. R. Topel and M. Ward, "Job Mobility and the Careers of Young Men," NBER Working Paper No. 2649, July 1988, and Quarterly Journal of Economics, 107, 1992, pp. 441–79; D. Card, J. Heining, and P. Kline, "Workplace Heterogeneity and the Rise of West German Wage Inequality," NBER Working Paper No. 18522, November 2012, and The Quarterly Journal of Economics, 128(3), 2013, pp. 967–1015. Go to ⤴︎
7. J. Haltiwanger, H. Hyatt, L. Kahn, and E. McEntarfer, "Cyclical Job Ladders by Firm Size and Firm Wage," NBER Working Paper No. 23485, June 2017, and American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics, 10(2), 2018, pp. 52–85. Go to ⤴︎
8. G. Moscarini and F. Postel-Vinay, "The Timing of Labor Market Expansions: New Facts and a New Hypothesis," in NBER Macroeconomics Annual 2008, pp. 1–52; G. Moscarini and F. Postel-Vinay, "Stochastic Search Equilibrium," Review of Economic Studies, 80(4), 2013, pp. 1545–81. Go to ⤴︎
9. L. Kahn, "The Long-Term Labor Market Consequences of Graduating from College in a Bad Economy," Labour Economics, 17(2), 2010, pp. 303–16. Go to ⤴︎
10. J. Altonji, L. Kahn, and J. Speer, "Cashier or Consultant? Entry Labor Market Conditions, Field of Study, and Career Success," NBER Working Paper No. 20531, September 2014, and Journal of Labor Economics, 34(S1), 2016, pp. S361–401 Go to ⤴︎

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